Potty Training // For the Last Time
No sad about this milestone.
Anthony started potty training a few weeks ago and we haven’t looked back. Just shy of seven years and we are saying goodbye to changing diapers, buying diapers, and carrying around diapers. Wipes, well we will always buy those, but it was a magical moment cancelling the recurring subscription of our Pampers on Amazon.
He was ready. You know when your child is. If you look for their clues, they will let you know. Anthony was telling us when he was having wet diapers. He didn’t like it anymore and was wanting us to change them.
We brought out the potty’s we had stored from when we worked to train Valentina. Set them up around the house. And, on his own, he started sitting on it when one of his sister’s went to use the bathroom. We were pretty excited, but didn’t want to force anything so we slowly started to put him on the pot more often.
I ordered him undies! So darn cute! MICKEY MOUSE – his favorite Disney character. We used up the rest of the PINK Dora the Explora Pull-Ups we had leftover from the girls. Hey, this is what happens when you have older sisters. And, once the Pull-Ups ran out we just started using the underwear. I didn’t want to keep buying diapers/Pull-Ups and I have really found long term success switching my kids to underwear. I sometimes get the sense that their can be confusion with the Pull-Ups having the texture of a diaper. Do you know what I mean?
So, Anthony is doing great keeping his undies dry all day. I do keep a timer set on my phone or the kitchen microwave when I’m home to keep us both reminded that it is time to PAUSE and try to potty. With three kids and no summer schedule – I didn’t want to let myself to get sidetracked on time. And, before it was too long … he has an accident. This has been a great way to keep him accident free.
I start the timer at 15 minutes in the beginning of the potty training and gradually increase to 20, 30, 45, and an hour. The only addition we added this time for potty training is the POTTY TIME POTTY WATCH. This has been great for Anthony to have his own gentle reminder along with mine so we both know when it is time to GO! Sometimes he goes, and sometimes he doesn’t, but we make sure to have him sit. Constancy is key here. We also keep a potty in the car because we’ve got to keep that momentum going both at home and away.
He is still in a crib. But, we did recently order him a big boy bed and hope to build that this weekend. So, in the meantime, he is still wearing a night diaper for naps/bedtime as he can’t get out of the crib to go to the bathroom. I hope after a few nights in the bed, we can slowly transition away from the diaper for sleep.
I am so excited guys! Anthony is more or less diaper free! I know either way there is work to do, but not having the change a diaper has been just AMAZING. He is so proud of himself too and his sisters are so excited to celebrate his success each time he uses the potty. I think that encouragement from his sisters has also been great motivation!
Anthony starts preschool in September a few mornings during the week. So, we wanted to make sure he was confident in using the bathroom before going off to preschool. With more than a month to spare, I think we made it happen!
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